On 28 June 2022 the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists published a statement on the Royal Commission. This document included the following statement:
The RANZCP apologises to the survivors and their wh
ānau, for the harm experienced in state care and for our failure as a group of doctors to have acted to prevent this. We express our sincere regret to all those who have suffered. We acknowledge and apologise for the pain that placements in State care, including those at Lake Alice, caused people. We condemn any unacceptable behaviour by individual psychiatrists.
Oliver followed up with the College asking why they had not, as previously agreed, consulted with us about the content and manner of issuing the statement. We noted that the statement did not address the role of the College itself with respect to Lake Alice.
The statement can be viewed at:
Statement on the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care – New Zealand | RANZCP